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Things to Consider When Buying Vocal Microphones

Vocal microphones are used not just for concerts, but also for sermons, meetings, classes, and so much more. Fortunately, buying the right microphone isn’t that complicated, especially if you already have some idea of what you want and need for your particular events. Houses of worship use microphones for almost everything, including basic sermons, so it’s important to find ones that provide you with crystal-clear sounds and no distortions. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on most of these mics because they come in all price ranges.

If you’ve never bought a vocal microphone before and you’d like a little more information on the features to look for, not to worry because below are some of the things to consider before you decide which mic to purchase in the end.

What You’ll Be Using the Microphone for

The first question you’ll need to ask yourself when shopping for a vocal microphone is, what am I going to use this mic for? You might be using it for a large broadcast with many singers or just for your home studio. Either way, there are microphones to meet your needs. If the event you’re planning will be small or less formal, you might as well save yourself some money and go with a less powerful mic, which will also be less expensive.

Frequency Response

When you look at the frequency numbers associated with a microphone, it refers to the range of frequencies that a microphone will pick up. It is referred to by its lowest and highest frequencies; for example, one mic might offer a range of 80 Hz to 15 kHz, while another might offer numbers that are quite different. Most vocal mics have the 80 Hz to 15 kHz range, and this is good enough for most uses.

Proximity Effects

What is the proximity effect? It refers to more pronounced bass frequencies as the vocalist moves closer to the microphone. When you have a speaker or singer who likes to “work the microphone” to create certain effects, this is an important feature to look for. If you want a lot of proximity, you should choose a condenser mic instead of a dynamic mic.

Non-Spec Issues

Naturally, the “stats” associated with a microphone don’t always tell you the whole story. You should check the size of the mic and its sturdiness as well. If you broadcast in remote locations, you’ll definitely need a microphone that is durable and can take a lot of activity. How it’s made and the reputation of the manufacturer will come into play when you research this trait.

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